Clark­son was not be­ing se­ri­ous

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

RE­CENT cor­re­spon­dence has crit­i­cised com­ments by Jeremy Clark­son on Ash­ford’s shared space, but what th­ese peo­ple do not seem to re­alise is this is more of an en­ter­tain­ment pro­gramme than a se­ri­ous motoring pro­gramme and much of what is said is ‘tongue-in-cheek’ and not some petrol­head’s wish for world dom­i­na­tion! On a more se­ri­ous note one reader asked who would be to blame in the event of an ac­ci­dent? The sim­ple an­swer to that is, in the short term, there may be some bal­ance into who was right and wrong but in the more long term, all blame will def­i­nitely fall on the li­cence holder. That is the even­tual aim of the scheme. It is just con­tin­u­a­tion of the Gov­ern­ment’s ‘war on the driver’. The Dutch have had th­ese shared spa­ces for some years now and if an ac­ci­dent oc­curs with some­body un­der 14 years of age it is the driver’s fault, no ifs, buts, or ands, the driver is guilty and par­ents can also sue you for com­pen­sa­tion. They are now looking to ex­tend this to all pedes­tri­ans. Rob Gif­ford, di­rec­tor of the Par­lia­men­tary Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for Trans­port Safety, (the body that is the ma­jor in­flu­ence on gov­ern­ment think­ing) who ob­vi­ously sup­ports such schemes, (be­cause jobs like his de­pend on pro­mot­ing this anti-car hys­te­ria) has said “some driv­ers may be forced to pay out when there was no fault at all on their part”, but he thinks this is “ac­cept­able.” Terry Hud­son, Sus­sex Gar­dens, Herne Bay. Are the lu­natics run­ning the asy­lum? M. Cork, Bond Road, Ash­ford.

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